How to Keep the Bangladesh Powder Keg from Exploding

On the evening of July 1, seven young men, heavily armed with guns, bombs and machetes, stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery café in Gulshan, an affluent neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They held several dozen people hostage, many of them foreigners, and sought to separate out, and spare, the Muslims among them. Unlucky hostages were hacked to death.

Why ISIS Would Be Motivated To Strike Inside Turkey

Dozens of people were killed during an attack on Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday. Director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program Henri Barkey discusses the Istanbul attacks with Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition

"ISIS is trying to use the tension that exists between the United States and the Turkish government about the use of Syrian Kurds in fighting ISIS." 

Who is Behind Istanbul Attack?

Tuesday's bombing at Istanbul Ataturk Airport could not have come at a worse time for Turkey.

The attack, which early reports suggest has left at least 36 dead and dozens more injured, comes as the Turkish economy was already reeling after tourism plunged following attacks in Ankara and Istanbul.

CRS Report: Assessing US Policy on ISIS

ISIS presents complicated short and long-term challenges for U.S. policymakers, with no real end in sight. “The complex crises that have fueled the Islamic State’s rise and facilitated its spread show little sign of abating,” according to a new report by Christopher Blanchard and Carla Humud at the Congressional Research Service. The report provides an assessment of ISIS's current strength and a review of U.S. objectives, strategy, and policy options. The following are excerpts from the report.

Poll: Jordanians Support Fight Against ISIS

Around 64 percent of Jordanians support international intervention against ISIS “to a large degree,” up from 54 percent in 2015, according to a new poll by the International Republican Institute. Nearly half of respondents said they support Jordan’s involvement in the intervention “to a large degree.” Jordan is part of the U.S.-led coalition that has been bombing ISIS targets since 2014.

How is the Air War Against ISIS Going?

Operation Inherent Resolve has quietly but dramatically escalated its operations in Iraq in 2016. Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition are up by 65 percent over the same period last year, according to data tallied from Central Command’s daily rundowns.

Obama, Candidates on Orlando and ISIS

On June 13, a day after the attack on a popular Orlando nightclub, President Barack Obama and the presumptive presidential candidates spoke out on the dangers of ISIS. The attacker, identified as Omar Mateen, reportedly called police during the attack and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton also outlined their strategies to counter ISIS if elected. The following are excerpted remarks by Obama, Clinton, and Trump.

Muslims on Orlando Attacks

Across the United States, Muslims swiftly condemned the June 12 attack on a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed more than four dozen and injured 53. “This is a hate crime plain and simple,” said Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” The worst mass shooting in U.S. history also drew condemnation from Muslim nations and Islamist parties around the world.

Airstrike Trends: May 2016

In May, U.S. and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – declined slightly in Iraq and increased in Syria compared to the previous month. The United States and its partners conducted 504 airstrikes in Iraq and 156 airstrikes in Syria.

Journey Into Europe: A Discussion With Filmmaker Akbar Ahmed

Anthropologist, author, and filmmaker Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani diplomat, has been exploring the world of Islam and its interactions with the non-Muslim world through a series of books and films. The latest in the series, “Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity,” comes at a vital time for the EU as it grapples with a migration crisis with no end in sight. A discussion of the film and the issues it explores provides the focus for this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.